Best Hunting and Fishing Songs

Before you head for the woods or water play these tunes to put yourself in the right state of mind.
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20) Country Boy

Johnny Cash Best Lyric: Country boy, you got a shaggy dog / country boy, up the holler log / well he comes at a run when you pick up your gun / and with a shell or two and your dog and you / when you get your rabbit you're gonna skin his hide / he's gonna be good fried
19) Welcome to the Jungle
Guns & Roses Best Lyrics: Welcome to the jungle / It gets worse here everyday / Ya learn ta live like an animal / In the jungle where we play
18) I'm Still a Guy
Brad Paisley Best Lyrics: When you see a deer you see Bambi / and I see antlers up on the wall / When you see a lake you think picnics / and I see a largemouth up under that log
17) Ol Red
Blake Shelton Best Lyrics: Now Ol' Red he's the damnedest dog that I've ever seen / Got a nose that can smell a two day trail / He's a four legged tracking machine / You can consider yourself mighty lucky / To get past the gators and the quicksand beds / But all these years that I've been here / Ain't nobody got past Red
16) Mud on the Tires
Brad Paisely Best Lyric: I've got some big news / The bank finally came through / And I'm holdin' the keys to a brand new Chevrolet / Have you been outside it sure is a nice night /How about a little test drive / Down by the lake / There's a place I know about where the dirt road runs out / And we can try out the four-wheel drive / Come on now what do you say / Girl, I can hardly wait to get a little mud on the tires
15) Backwoods Boy
Josh Turner Best Lyrics: Woke up at 5am, put on my camouflage / Wiped off my .243 and fired up my Dodge / Headed out to my ol' deerstand back in the pines / Gonna get me a ten point buck with 11 inch tines
14) Of Wolf and Man
Metallica Best Lyric: Off through the new day's mist I run / Out from the new day's mist I have come / I hunt / Therefore I am
13) Dead Skunk in The Middle of the Road
Loudon Wainwright Best Lyric: Take a whiff on me, that ain't no rose! / Roll up yer window and hold yer nose / You don't have to look and you don't have to see / 'Cause you can feel it in your olfactory
12) Backwoods
Justin Moore Best Lyric: Rifle in a gun rack hanging in the back glass / Buck knife on my belt, ain't no land for sale 'round here / Red clay country mud, sippin' on a cold Bud / Blue tick coon hound you know where I'm found out in the backwoods
11) Rocky Mountain High
John Denver Best Lyric: Now he walks in quiet solitude the forest and the streams / Seeking grace in every step he takes / His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand / The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake
10) Second Week of Deer Camp
Da Yoopers Best Lyric: It's the second week of deer camp / And all the guys are here / We drink, play cards and shoot the bull / But never shoot no deer / The only time we leave the camp / Is when we go for beer / The second week of deer camp / Is the greatest time of year
9) Tooth, Fang and Claw
Ted Nugent Best Lyrics: Just like the wolf, I'm getting hungry / The law of the land, it is my will / And I ain't got time for staying angry / But I got the time / to make a kill / Watch me kill
8) Lord Have Mercy on a Country Boy
Josh Turner Best Lyrics: Well, I grew up wild and free / Walkin' these fields in my barefeet / There wasn't no place I couldn't go / With a .22 rifle and a fishin' pole
7) Mossy Oak Song
Tracy Byrd Best Lyric: Mossy oak swamp bottom, dew drop falling / Old Tom answering a hoot owls call / Nothing like the sound when the day breaks / Me and Daddy in the woods on a Saturday / you see his Granddaddy hunted these hills and / I hope someday my kids will / He said, Do me a favor before i'm gone, / love this land and pass it on
6) Louisiana Saturday Night
Mel McDaniel Best Lyrics: Waiting in the front yard, sitting on a log / Single shot rifle and a one-eyed dog / Yonder come my kin folk in the moonlight / Louisiana Saturday night
5) Thank God I'm a Country Boy
John Denver Best Lyric: Well, life on the farm is kinda laid back / Ain't much an old country boy like me can't hack / It's early to rise, early in the sack / Thank God, I'm A Country Boy
4) 30-Point Buck
Bananas at Large Best Lyric: Ya, I'm a deer hunter / How do you do? / I got the deer huntin rep n tale for you / I'm so excited, it's my favorite time of year / I love to freeze my buns / chosen trophy deer / But don't clap your hands / to the stompin of the feet / because Yahey's like me / he can't keep a steady beat no, m mm, / I got the great big knife / cause the hunting is my life.
3) Call of the Wild
Chris Ledoux Storm clouds are building above the timber line / The lightning's flashing across the mountain side / The thunder's rollin' down the canyons of his mind / Somewhere beyond the great divide / The bugle of the bull elk echos through pines / The north wind moans her lonesome lullaby / He hungers for the freedom of an eagle as she flies / Somewhere beyond the great divide
2) Country Boy Can Survive
Hank Williams Jr. Best Lyrics: We came from the West Virginia coalmines / And the Rocky Mountains and the and the western skies / And we can skin a buck; we can run a trot-line / And a country boy can survive / Country folks can survive
1) Fred Bear
Ted Nugent It was kinda dark, another misty dusk / it came from a tangle down be-low / I tried to re-mem-ber everything you taught me so well / I had to de-cide which way to go / Was I a-lone or in a hunter's dream / Cause the moment of truth was here and now / I felt his touch I felt his guiding hand / The buck was mine forever more!
Bing Crosby/Louis Armstrong fishing song
Long thought of as one of the greatest duets in music history, Gone Fishin' with Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby is just plain fun to listen to. Outdoor Life
Tom Jones album cover
Al Green and guitarist Mabon Hodges wrote this hit popularized by The Talking Heads, but we sort of like Tom Jones' version. Hey? How can you hate Tom Jones? Outdoor Life
Doc Watson album cover
According to Wikipedia, Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson (born March 3, 1923) is an American guitar player, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music. He has won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. According to us, this is one damn fine song. Outdoor Life
Dr. John album cover
Remember "Right Place Wrong Time?" Somehow it was 1973 when that amazing Dr. John song topped the charts. Well, the artist known as the living embodiment of New Orleans, has been making lots of incredible music since then including this little gem. Outdoor Life
John Prine album cover
Singer/songwriter John Prine's body of work has become a high-water mark of American songwriting. There's a sort of simplistic beauty in "Fish and Whistle." Outdoor Life
Taj Mahal album cover
Henry St. Claire Fredericks (a.k.a. Taj Mahal) may have grown up in the decidedly un-bluesy city of Springfield, Mass., but grew up to be one of the most prominent and influential American blues artists. You'll know why once you hear the "Fishin' Blues." Outdoor Life
Woody Guthrie album cover
The rich legacy of American singer/songwriter/folk musician Woody Guthrie includes hundreds of political, traditional and children's songs and ballads–and at least one about fishing. Outdoor Life
Slim Dusty album cover
Yes, they love their fishing Down Under! Slim Dusty is one of the most beloved recording artists in Australia and now we know why. Outdoor Life
Hank Locklin album cover
Lawrence Hankins (Hank) Locklin was one of country music's greatest tenors perhaps best known for "Please Help Me, I'm Falling." In this awesome fishing tune, it's obvious that Hank would rather go fishin' than, well, pretty much anything else. Outdoor Life
Tennessee Ernie Ford album cover
That Tennessee Ernie Ford liked to sing about the boogie should come as no surprise. There was the "Shotgun Boogie," "Blackberry Boogie" and the one we appreciate the most "Catfish Boogie." Outdoor Life
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album cover
Question: What was the first American band allowed to tour the Soviet Union? Answer: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. "Fishin' in the Dark" zoomed to the top of the charts in 1986. Cool song that may or may not be entirely about fishin'. Outdoor Life
Montgomery Gentry album cover
To the uninitiated, Montgomery Gentry isn't a 'he'. Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry have released numerous giant country hits which include "You Do Your Thing, I'll Do Mine." Unfortunately, from an outdoorsman's perspective, Gentry pleaded guilty in 2006 for falsely tagging a black bear on a private game preserve in Minnesota. Outdoor Life
Bruce Springsteen album cover
You might not agree with The Boss' political point of view, but few can disagree with his mastery of songwriting, imagery and storytelling. Outdoor Life
Brad Paisley album cover
Here's one man's love for fishing that pretty much speaks for itself. Outdoor Life
The Andy Griffith Show album cover
C'mon now, quite groaning…if you've whistled along to our No. 1 fishing song of all-time once, you've done it 1,000 times. Hear it and the vision of Opie and Andy, fishing rods over their shoulders, instantly come to mind. Outdoor Life

Before you head for the woods or water play these tunes to put yourself in the right state of mind. We countdown the best hunting and fishing songs of all time.